541 Instructional Software

There are advantages to using instructional software in the classroom.  Whether instructional software is used to deliver information (Objectivism) or as a doorway for students to find information (Constructivism), there is no doubt that technology skills need to be taught in every classroom(Roblyer & Doerling 2007, p. 34).  Instructional software’s advantages over traditional non-software techniques are narrowed down to four main points: Motivation, Resources, Logistical and Skills (Roblyer & Doerling 2007, p. 48)

Software is a natural fit for music classrooms. The Georgia Performance Standards for Middle School Chorus state: MMSBC.3h Read and notate music using software and M8GM.5c. Use a variety of traditional and nontraditional sound sources and electronic media when composing and arranging music.

It is still the teacher’s job to preview and evaluate the effectiveness of a software in reaching the desired educational goal. Unfortunately, so many classrooms are tied to few standardized tests. This is ironic considering the latest educational buzzword is “differentiate”. Thankfully, software can be selected to meet many different learning styles. Here are a few websites to help with software selection:

An Educator’s Guide to Evaluating Claims About Educational Software: http://www.ncrel.org/tech/claims/

SuperKids Educational Software Review: http://www.superkids.com/


Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2010). Integrating educational technology into teaching, (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Instructional Software Presentation


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Steve Albrecht on February 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I like the way you included references to different learning theories.

    I am glad to see your connecting technology and music. Although I am an English teacher, I was once a student musician. Whenever I hear drill and practice derided, I think of how it was through drill and practice that I learned my fingerings and memorized music.



  2. Posted by jackiegerstein on February 14, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Nice post, Liz – you started with a general statement about relative advantage of software in general, and then provided a statement for music education. You also included some valuable resources.


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